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Rep. Kelly Cassidy Introduces New Bill To Remove Criminal Penalties For Marijuana Possession In Illinois

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 10th 2015 by THCFinder
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Rep. Kelly Cassidy announced Thursday that she is introducing new legislation for 2016 that would replace criminal penalties with a civil fine for possession of a personal amount of marijuana in Illinois.

HB 4357 would make possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana a civil violation punishable by a fine. Adults would no longer face time in jail, and the civil offense would be automatically expunged in order to prevent a permanent criminal record. The proposal largely mirrors legislation previously introduced by Rep. Cassidy that was approved in the Senate (37-19) on May 21 and in the House (62-53) on April 23, as well the amendments proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner when he vetoed the bill and returned it to the legislature on August 14.

“This is a reasonable proposal that is long overdue,” Rep. Cassidy said. “It needs to happen, and I am hopeful that we can make it happen quickly since it’s already such familiar territory for legislators and the governor.”

Members of the Illinois faith community joined Rep. Cassidy at the news conference to voice support for the bill. More than 50 clergy from around the state have signed a Religious Declaration of Clergy for a New Drug Policy, which includes support for civil rather than criminal sanctions for marijuana possession.

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New York: Desperately Seeking Medical Marijuana Doctors

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, December, 10th 2015 by THCFinder

In a matter of weeks, the state of New York will officially launch its medical marijuana program. However, the word on the street is although state officials claim the “program remains on track for full implementation” by January 2016, only a slight few will actually have access to this medicine because there aren’t many doctors qualified to offer patient recommendations.

Before a patient can be approved to use medical marijuana in New York, they must first get a physician in which they have a “long-standing and bona fide relationship” to provide them with a certification. Yet, state rules require doctors interested in participating in the program to take a 4-hour online course at an expense of around $250 prior to even discussing weed as a treatment option.

The truth is, it is not the time or money that is preventing medical professionals from getting involved in medical marijuana – it’s federal law. Despite the rules surrounding any state program, it remains a violation of the Controlled Substances Act for a physician to “prescribe” marijuana, but they may offer recommendations for the medicine under protections provided by the First Amendment.

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Category: Tokers | Posted on Wed, December, 9th 2015 by THCFinder


The End Of Federal Marijuana Prohibition May Be Only Five Years Away

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, December, 9th 2015 by THCFinder

marijuana prohibitionBy Phillip Smith

Rob Kampia thinks so, and he’s a very well-placed observer. As head of theMarijuana Policy Project, Kampia has his finger on the pulse of pot politics as well as anyone, and he made a pretty startling prediction at the International Drug Reform Conference in suburban Washington last month.

At a panel on “Marijuana Reform in Congress,” Kampia suggested that a handful of state-level marijuana legalization victories next year is going to set in motion a congressional debate on legalization that could see an end to federal marijuana prohibition before the end of the decade.

Legalization campaigns are already well-advanced in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada, and while getting on the ballot is no guarantee of victory next November, polling so far suggests that most of them will win. And next year could also be the year the first state, and even perhaps a second, legalizes it through the legislative process.

Kampia said, “Vermont is most likely to legalize through the legislature, and Rhode Island has a good shot, but those are the only two states in play.”

But then there are the initiative states.

“It could be that four or five initiative states legalize it, and then all of this is facing Congress in 2017,” Kampia continued. “Then there will be a vigorous debate on legalization, and then, I predict, Congress could pass the states’ rights bill in 2019.”

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